Community mourns death of mother, insurance executive

Melissa Millan

FARMINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — There are more questions than answers surrounding the death of a Simsbury mother, who was stabbed along a popular bike and jogging trail last Thursday.

A vigil was held for Melissa Millan at Winding Trail on Farmington on Sunday afternoon. Family and friends gathered along the beach to remember the 54 year old.

“People she grew up with in Simsbury, lots of people she worked with,” said Janice Cohen, one of the organizers of the vigil who was also friends with Millan. “There were people there from all aspects of her life. It was very theraputic.”

Millan was a single mother of two and a senior vice-president at MassMutual Insurance. According to police, Millan was jogging along Iron Horse Boulevard on Thursday night, not far from downtown Simsbury. A passerby then noticed her lying beside the road around 8 p.m. She later died at the hospital. At first police thought Millan was the victim of a hit and run, but began pursuing all possibilities. An autopsy revealed that Millan’s death was a homicide. The medical examiner says she died from a stab wound to the chest.

“She was a remarkable woman and to have had her in our life for the last 9 years we just feel blessed,” said Lynne Tapper, a fellow triathlete. “The loss is huge.”

Right now it’s unclear who killed Millan and why. Police continue their investigation, but have not said if there are any possible suspects or leads.

Aside from her two children, Millan leaves behind her father and two brothers.

Anyone with information that will help with the investigation is asked to call Simsbury Police.

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